One of the most important efforts we can take to protect our environment is one that is relatively unheard of: a shift in the collective diet of Americans. A plethora of studies have shown that livestock production negatively impacts the environment, but a new study shows that beef in particular may be doing the most damage. When compared to pork, poultry, dairy, and eggs it was found that beef production requires 28 times more land, 11 times more water, and produced 5 times more emissions. Eliminating or reducing our intake of red meat would be healthier for the planet and our bodies and it’s up to the consumer to make that choice. [Read more…] about 6 Ways Beef Consumption Harms the Planet and Your Health
Summer is the season for symposia, conferences, workshops, and the like.
The mind and body rebel a bit at being kept indoors, especially on fine days, and especially at those events ostensibly about the environment, but held largely apart from, or in spite of it. Attendees fight to stay awake, praying for that next coffee break near overlooked, empty bathrooms, huddled in highly air-conditioned rooms, optimally suited for viewing digital projections, eating lunches out of boxes which might or might not be recycled, depending upon how lucky one might be.
But, occasionally, these brief periods of sensory deprivation are worth it.
Even more rarely, they might very well be essential.
MIT Sea Grant’s Climate Change Symposium: Sustaining Coastal Cities, held June 16-18, 2014 in Cambridge, MA, was just one of these occasions. [Read more…] about ‘Adapt, We May’ – The Chelsea Way: Regional Resilience and America’s Coastal Cities
On a recent visit to Cal-Earth’s open house and interactive tour (at a colleague’s request) I realized three major benefits of such a trip: the personal benefit of often irrational actions or events, like exploring huts 60 miles away in a desert in California; the social benefit of desert living; and the potential architectural benefit of [Read more…] about Juxta-Prose: Mass Hesperia!!
The month of June saw the opening of a major exhibition on the works of Le Corbusier at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the signing of a contract for a $2.2 million apartment in Lincoln Towers, about 20 blocks north of the museum. What, you may ask, do these events have to do with each other? [Read more…] about Towers in the Park—Unsafe at Any Income?
There is no away
On some philosophical level, most of us recognize the truth in this adage which has gained traction in recent years. [Read more…] about The ravines of Port-au-Prince (part 2)
About a year and a half ago I left California to come to Texas. After spending over 25 years as an urban designer in the GoldenState, it was time to pack up and go. The writing was on the wall prior to my leaving in 2011. The end of Redevelopment to balance the State budget was the final blow. [Read more…] about Urban Design Centers and Healthier Communities
The ravines of Port-au-Prince represent for me a perfect distillation of adjectives about this city.
Boston – When sustainable-living ideas, urban gardening, bike sharing, community-supported agriculture and bike-powered machines gather together the result is the creation of a pattern that can be defined as “off the grid” in the sense that it does not respect the regular strict grid that usually a city, with its own pattern, imposes. [Read more…] about Let’s all Common Build!
In Portland, bicycles provide both an economic boost and a healthy way to get around for residents. [Read more…] about Portland Tops Rankings for Bike Commuting